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Pundit Makes Odd Claim About Newcastle’s Weekend Visitors

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. We are a little taken aback that Lawrenson pegs Newcastle for an 0-2 loss to Bournemouth at St James Park.

Here is the 62-year-old former Liverpool defender’s prediction for the match:

Bournemouth got a really good result against Manchester United last weekend, and I have them down as quite a streaky team – in that they tend to have bursts of good form.

The Cherries have also kept three clean sheets in a row now, which is important for them because I would always back them to score.

The same cannot be said for Newcastle. The Magpies played well when they beat West Ham, but I don’t see them building on that result.

We have to disagree with Mark on his backing Bournemouth to score comment. Based on recent form, Newcastle have scored 5 goals over the past four games while Bournemouth have just the one they scored last week against Manchester United.

While Bournemouth have kept the three straight clean sheets, Newcastle’s defense has been solid over the past month since the Leicester City defeat.

We do agree that Bournemouth have had an auspicious start to this season with their 16 points placing them in 7th in the table. They also have accumulated 7 of those points away from home.

However, these are the fixtures that Newcastle need to win. While they haven’t thus far against the likes of Brighton or Watford, last week’s triumph at West Ham showed indications that Newcastle could be headed for smoother waters.

We believe they can put it together for a second week running and get consecutive victories for the first time this season.

Lawrenson was up against the excellent actor Stephen Graham in the predictions this week. Graham has Newcastle winning 2-1. We think we’ll go with the actor on this one.

How Will Newcastle Do Against Bournemouth On Saturday?

  • Win (63%, 727 )
  • Draw (22%, 256 )
  • Lose (14%, 163 )

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42 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Kroc style, Boom like that!

  • scout

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Almiron to score and blow the roof off you watch

  • IrishRob

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Are we saying Almiron is trained in explosives engineering or wha?

  • Pain in the Blog

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #4

    We’d all love to endorse that idea. But really?

  • dougie

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #5

    The word on the grapevine is that Ashley’s finally going to sell up.He,s been approached by a Chinese multi billionaire and just when you think it couldn’t get any worse he’s called Cha Ching!

  • Pain in the Blog

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice one Dougie.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Investing in youth
    Ashley never got back to us over his offer to let us have an independent auditor go through the books.
    Even though we sent him a letter and hand delivered one to charnley.

    By “coincidence”, when we hand delivered the letter to charnley, an offer to the NUST to get an independent auditor to go through the books was made.
    They have accepted.

    The books will be clean, my idea was to get ashley to pay for the magpie groups accountant to go through the books.
    This way ashley would of paid to start war against ashley.

    Anyway it will be interesting what the outcome is, if ashley sticks to his word (i dont believe him)
    People should start getting involved in both the NUST and magpie group meetings.
    The NUST meeting was actually really good.
    Very impressed with the board.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I understand your thinking it doesnt matter if its brighton or bournemouth because we are going to win.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #9

    3 1 to the toon.
    Almiron maxi big joe.
    Howay the lads.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Completely off topic but the blog is dead anyway. Anyone in to historical fiction, a book by CJ Sansom who normally does the Shardlake series, it’s called Dominion, an alternative history where Britain allies with the Jormans instead of fighting them. Pretty gruesome what might have happened and makes you wonder if we could have turned a blind eye like they did under ‘itler. Point was, it’s a bloody good read, or listen in this case as it’s on Audible.

  • Online Guy

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #11


    Welcome back by the way .

    I rolled with the fact that you said beating Brighton at the weekend would see us at the decent end of the table ..knowing it was Bmouth are the opposition.

    Knew you would realise soon enough though ! . Such fun !

    Hope yer well mate.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Lerma is out for them, their best and most athletic CM. Type of player who exposes Shelvey’s lack of mobility so glad he’s missing.

    Ake and Cook aren’t poor, but they are smaller and weaker than the average PL CB pairing. Joelinton will do well up against them and our 3 CBs along with him and Hayden up for corners will be dangerous again – not much aerial prowess in their entire team. Billing is very tall, but not known for being good in the air.

    We just have to be wary, very much expect them to allow us to have spells of possession and try to be the team playing on the counter.

    Another win and we can go into the international break very satisfied.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Last time I went to a NUST meeting was about five years ago in the rooms near Central station, I got frustrated with them for their lack of action.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Go to a war stories blog if you want to talk about war stories, granddad.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Hail Wor Ashley,
    You expect us to have the possession, like against Brighton, when they realised we had no intention of keeping the ball they overrun us. We’ll expect them to have possession, if they expect us to and nobody does anything about it the ball won’t leave the centre circle.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Fingers still not bleeding yet so repost as vowed.

    As promised, again

    Before i get into any trubble with the blog speling polyce I want to:-

    Get down on my knees, beat my head against the floor, beat myself with twigs, wear the itchiest hair shirt i can find, deprive myself of sleep, go shopping with the wife (mine), read the most boring bloggers assertions and complaints till my brain bursts apologise for any Typo’s I have ever made or will most certainly make in my comments.

    There hopefully that will spare me from getting abuse or criticism from certain moronic posters.

    Your’s in a true spirit of freindship and trust


  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Hail Wor Ashley,
    Go to a Mike Ashley bum licking blog if you want to lick Mikey’s bum sunshine 😛

  • dougie

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheers pain lol.Lets see who’s next to be offended.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Truth be told it was interesting.
    The NUST, just like the magpie group, is made up by us the fans.
    But it takes the fans to turn up to these events to make a difference.
    If you dont want to participate with the magpie group go to the next NUST meeting if your a member.
    Or do both like me and get yourself involved in both.
    You can make a difference, all working together doing our part we will make a difference.

    This goes out to everyone, If you want to be involved get involved.

  • dougie

    Nov 7, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m feeling upbeat about Saturday and I reckon we’ll beat them 3-0.Almirons going to get 2 and break his duck in style,then Joelintons going to put the nail in the coffin and smash a third in.HWTL.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 7, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Whats your score prediction?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #22

    1-1 Genjikai

  • Genjikai

    Nov 7, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Level 7 was empty at wolves match,
    Wonder what the crowds are going to be like against Bournemouth.
    Simon, if your going can you try get some pictures of all ground mate.
    Same to anyone else, if you could be so kind and send pics to genjikai.nufc@gmail.com

  • simon376

    Nov 7, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #24


    No bother mate, I’ll get as many angles as I can from the East Stand

  • investinyouthtoon

    Nov 7, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Thanks Genjikai for the info. Just have to hope his luck runs out and somebody somewhere catches up with him.

    As a club despite the ridiculous increase in the sums of TV money etc, we have stagnated since MA has been here , and more so the debt to him has increased 40 odd million. It’s sickening to see smaller clubs improving their squads and facilities whilst having cup runs and hopes, yet our owner has made finishing 17th as success.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 7, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #26

    “Cha ching” now that’s a quality joke, I’m still laughing. Hahaha!!

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 7, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #27


    Nov 7, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12
    bleatin again I agree with a lot of what you wrote regarding the transfer strategy however regarding the definition of a selling club to me that is a club that is actively trying to get rid of players with any value regardless if the player wants to leave or not just for the sake of filling its penny jars.”

    That’s not a selling club. That is a club being bankrupted by an unscrupulous owner fire-selling it’s assets before scarpering. Which clubs do you know that are comparable to this?

    “….This is why I don’t buy this comment that Newcastle are a selling club anymore than I would if someone said Liverpool are a selling club”

    You are seriously comparing our transfer spending trends with Liverpool? Oh. Ok. 😐

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 7, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry nufc83 but the reason you aren’t making your point is because it’s totally simplistic. A “selling club” simply can’t exist based on your description. It still has to function in some fashion as a sporting competitor in order to float itself. Thats what nufc is doing.

  • Just a fan

    Nov 7, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t recall level seven being empty at any game this season.
    Either fake news or stretching the truth

  • jane

    Nov 7, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Bleatin’ n Bruced last night you disputed this..

    “the general opinion at the time of some of those high profit sales was that they were good business”

    read this…(<–that's how to do an ellipsis!)


    and Tsunki's did not exactly disagree that "This is a great deal for Newcastle".

  • jane

    Nov 7, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #31

    maybe you are so oblivious to general opinion because you’re so full of you’re own ****.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2019 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Funnily enough it’s turned out to be a fairly good deal for Spurs now.

  • jane

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #33

    “In the 2018–19 season, Sissoko emerged as a crucial member of Tottenham, making 43 appearances in all competitions. His improvement this season has been noted by a number of writers, some of whom ranked him amongst the best players of the season in the Premier League. He also won plaudits from former players and fans alike. He won the inaugural Tottenham Hotspur Legends’ Player of the Season award in May 2019.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Despite him being sold on the never never, how much is owed now?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #35

    I think the blueprint that Ashley has devised to run the club is ok, which is fine, however its application has been consistently patchy and threadbare, which is hopeless.

    “Selling club”? We’ve never been successful enough to really be that. Buy low, sell high, reinvest, great. However we’ve only really sold our better players to balance the books, and at other times quite reluctantly when unhappy players wanted to go. We’ve never sold with a clear and fixed eye on progression, we’ve cornered ourselves into having to do it.

    For the club to succeed, we need a quality manager and coaching set up, a quality training facility and stadium, a top notch scouting network, and we need the money to fund all that and to attract the best players you can, and if you don’t have it, you need to work steadily and expertly toward it, or borrow against it to get it, and we haven’t, we don’t, Rafa’s main gripe.

    As for where the money has gone. I don’t rightly know, but I’d say it costs a lot of money to run a big EPL football club, even one that doesn’t work very well, which is actually far worse because there is less money coming in. Money in, money out, probably, but one step forward, one step forward, one step forward, drop the ball, 4 steps back.

    Ashley says wipe your own nose, but our hanky is full of holes. We’ve never been fully equipped to succeed and we’re never going to be under this owner. However we can be consistently top ten, maybe, just maybe jag a cup, if we avoid the drop and have room and time to build. But that’s our lot, that’s our best self, under Ashley.

    In truth though, most fans would accept that, so long as there were some thrills on match day, something to sing gleefully about, and honestly, for a club our size, it really shouldn’t be anywhere near this hard.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Bleatin who compared our transfer spending trends did you just make that up or what?

    Liverpool have sold some of their best players for mega profit but have then had a good enough structure to invest in some top players to improve their team overall. Just because we have a bunch of clowns running the club who don’t invest in the correct replacements it doesn’t mean we are doing anything different in terms of player sales.

  • lesh

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #37


    In principle, it sounds like good news that Ashley’s agreed to an independent auditor having a look at the books.

    But, what we’ve learned about the fat man is that what he says more often than not means whatevet – subject to conditions or clarification.

    I somehow can’t see him agreeing to an independent deep dive into the accounts, the detail, he’ll probably restrict any examination to the published accounts.

    There’ll need to be agreement on any auditor’s terms of reference, the scope and terms and that’s where the procrastination kicks in and talks, very expensive talks’ll drag out or even make continuation prohibitively expensive for NUFC.

    Let’s not get carried away, Ashley’s been shown to be a liar and has a spiv’s mentality but and it’s a big but, this may be the beginning of his end at NUFC.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh Jane Jane Jane – ever stretching to eke out some kind of points score on everything I say. I’m probably supposed to be flattered by your obsession, shame it feels just creepy.

    I don’t really get your point about the sissoko thing but if you’re saying that a sale or two was greeted with less than disappointment I’m pretty sure you’re not even getting off the ground let alone into orbit – Nobody’s denying Mike thought they were good little earners.

    Your specious reasoning as ever takes no account of the less than enthusiastic hanky waving to some others such as Carroll or Ba. Rather than dwell on your petty snippets of justification for our selling model I was taking the higher ground of appraising a decade long net spend of, until recently, less than zero but of course that’s out of bounds for your pretty little yellow square isn’t it.

    And btw I told you it was supposed to be an ellipsis, thereby acknowledging it fell short by a full stop. And I am absolutely certain beyond any degree of doubt you had to look up “ellipsis”. Ye did, didn’t ye? 😉

    Playing smart fits you like an oversize bon marché tee shirt, petal. 😀

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Nufc83 I’m abandoning your thread because you’re disappearing up your own flue pipe. I’m lost off with what you’re going for here.

  • lesh

    Nov 7, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #40


    Didn’t it occur to you and Jib that Sissoko’s improvement at Spurs might be down to him being motivated, incentivised by Spurs’ desire to compete, challenge for and win trophies?

    Could any of our decent players resist a move to such a club? Under Ashley they see nothing and they’ll have no real desire to stay.

    Following the furore following the sale of Andy Carroll, effectively forcing him out of the club, he’s adopted a different approach – sickening them into wanting away.


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